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Celebrating Trailblazing Women in the Building Trades

[fa icon="calendar"] Mar 5, 2024 11:53:15 AM / by Construct Your Future

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The future is brighter than ever for women in the building trades, and we owe it all to the trailblazing women who came before us. These pioneers not only broke through huge barriers, carving a space for themselves in a traditionally male-dominated field but also laid a strong foundation for future generations.

thumbs up construction workers (1)The journey and story of women in construction is one of resilience and determination. Willing to face big challenges like societal expectations, workplace discrimination, and physical demands, women in construction demonstrated time and again that skill, talent, and leadership know no gender. Their role in construction has been essential in shaping our buildings, communities, and infrastructure, proving that construction work is far from “man’s work.”

The achievements of women in the building trades have too often gone unnoticed and unrecognized, and their names have been unfairly lost to history. There are legions of these women, including:

  • Emily Roebling, who was largely responsible for overseeing the building of the Brooklyn Bridge
  • Beverly Lorraine Greene, the first Black female licensed architect in the United States
  • Lillian Gilbreth, the first female member of the Society of Mechanical Engineers

The legacy of these women, and so many more, is undeniable. These trailblazers proved that women could excel in any aspect of construction, from on-site labor to project management and beyond. 

Today, women in the building trades are seen and valued. Organizations and trade unions now actively promote diversity and inclusion, recognizing and celebrating the value that women bring to the industry. Apprenticeship programs and scholarships specifically designed for women are becoming more common, offering support and encouragement for those looking to break into the field. And remember that with collective bargaining, men and women doing the same job get paid the same amount. In what other industry does this happen?

This progress, however, doesn't mean the journey is over. Women still face challenges in the building trades, from gender biases to underrepresentation. But the path forward is clearer, thanks to those who paved it. 

As we celebrate Women's History Month, let's remember the women who broke through barriers in the building trades. Their courage, sacrifice, and achievements have made it possible for more women to follow in their footsteps. Now, it's our turn to continue the work, ensuring that the next generation of women can climb higher, build stronger, and dream bigger.

For women considering a career in the building trades, the message is clear: the field needs YOU. Your talent, perspective, and resilience can drive innovation and excellence in construction. Apprenticeship programs across the country are ready to welcome you, offering the training and support you need to succeed. By choosing this path, you're not just building structures; you're building a legacy for future generations. Learn more and get started today!


Topics: building trades, Women in the trades, women in trades, National Women in Construction Week, DEI

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